My home storm shelter (pic heavy)
This storm shelter was built by the previous owner. With all of the recent tornado activity in the Midwest I can't help but get motivated to get it up to par. I had basic supplies in there before, enough for a few days at best but with the search and rescue operations still going on in Joplin Missouri that just might not be enough if we are trapped inside. I am preparing for 1 week minimum inside the shelter. Even with the supplies there is enough floor space to sleep 3 adults, more if necessary with some juggling of supplies.
About the shelter:
Dimensions- 8x8 ft.
Walls- 8 inch reinforced concrete (this is underground, 2 walls are earth contact)
Roof- about 6 inches concrete
Door- Old elevator door on a heavy duty steel track (securable)
State map (to track storms)
8 cases bottled water
Batteries (D, AA, AAA)
2 LED lanterns
2 fluorescent lanters
3 D cell maglite
36" wrecking bar
2 Remington 870 shotguns
2- 5 gallon buckets
3 sleeping bags
3 foam sleeping pads
2 FRS radios
2 work gloves
DMT diafold sharpener
3 mini mag lites
LED mini mag
5oo strike anywhere matches
Soda can stove
12 ga. cleaning kit
Suggestions are welcome from anyone who has experience.
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...some games, books, and puzzles. Poker or chess could literally save your sanity if you do end up trapped in there for a week, and it could also save someones life from another person getting cabin fever and playing elmer fudd! Other than that, to maximize your floor space, I would add some anchor set shelves to those walls to take up some of that upper open wall space I see. That would allow you more space for supplies or another person.
Oh oh oh!!!!!!!!
Another thing to add...A VENT!!!!!!!!! Dying trapped in a concrete box after a tornado because I couldn't ventilate and get fresh O2 would seriously p!ss me off if I was in that situation!
Way to go. Make room and add more water. Now this is just My opinion, you need to have so much water that you say man, i got too much water. But hey, nice work.
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Put in some bunks. Design them to use the ends as shelving. You should be able to gain more space and you will add a level of comfort by having actual mattresses.
Get a toilet seat to work with your buckets and trash bags for your latrine. Get a shower curtain or blanket set up for privacy while going to the bathroom.
Great ideas folks.
-I thought about the bunks and shelving but haven't gotten it done
-games/cards: totally forgot that
-bucket toilet seat: need to get one
-curtain: fantastic idea!
-ventilation: I can remove the door if necessary, I was thinking even if we can't get out of that area due to debris we'd at least have some ventilation (could be wrong though)
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Thanks for the pics, great job.
"FIRE IN THE HOLE"
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That is a great set up! I suggest a few blankets for the kids (I saw diapers) and a little bin with some toys. You can store the blankets in space bags and it saves alot of room. If you put a new dryer sheet in the space bag before you seal it up, it keeps everything smelling nice in long term storage. Great job!
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Looks great. Your wife should have some feminine products stashed in their too. Yes, make sure you add some board games in there. Since you've got the time, I would also add in some pillows and put them in the space saver bag that norcalmom mentioned. I bought a camping flushing toilet from WalMart for $77 - might want to think about that since Christchurch, NZ was desperate, for the initial few weeks after their earthquake, to have the port-a-potties brought in.
Great Job, Now get yourself an AM/FM radio with the weather channel and weather Alert Station, about $17 Bucks at WAL-MART.
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I saw toilet paper ,where's the toilet ?
Porta potti works good but after a week it is going to get full, what then ??
Other wise, good shelter .
I'd toss in some books and things to do as well .
Don't know if it was mentioned but LED lighting uses a fraction of the energy every thing else does , some units are available run on 6 volts /4AA batteries
I use trojan 6 volt batteries in series for 12 volts very effecient and charge better than standard 12 volt car or big truck batteries.
If I need 18volts I series 3- 6s vola now I can run the laptop with out the inverter=the least amount of loss.
Because that could turn into a perminant home if the house is hit , I would have solar pannels that could be easily installed on the roof w/solid mounts to have continious power with out using a generator . Save the gene for serious things like the frig /freezer, or tools for rebuilding .
Good luck .
If you can afoard it ,Harbor freight has some cameras ,$29. & $39. and a car DVD player that has audio video in puts .
Then you can view what is going on out side before ,during and after the storm .
I might set up a para scope putting the camera in a steel pipe ,make it look like a vent ,or it can be a vent for that matter, something capable of standing up to the beating . If the pipe can be rotated all the better.
I have been using them for years and they have a good field of view, even sound .
Does anybody you know who lives out of town (and out of the line of a tornado if it hits you) know that you have this? You don't want to be trapped under a pile of rubble in a storm shelter just to find out that nobody knows you are there and can't rescue you.
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